A parent to help with homework, a warm meal on the table and clean clothes to wear to school are things that many of my students only dream of. Over 50% of my students receive free or reduced price lunch, but these barriers don't stop them from loving school and doing their best.
No matter what baggage students walk through my door with, they find a place where everyone matters, everyone has value and everyone has something to offer.
Our classroom is built on respect and a love of learning.
My students see school as a safe place; a place where they know they are loved and cared for. My students are eager to learn, want to do well and are highly motivated by a good read aloud, technology and each other.
Each year in Oregon, students come together to battle their knowledge of books in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). My students participate in the third through fifth grade competition where they read 15 books and then compete in a battle against the other elementary schools. I have some motivated readers who are ready to begin preparation for next year’s battle!
Through the competition, even the reluctant readers succeeded in reading at least a third of the books and learned to love reading more than ever!
Each year the OBOB list changes so there is a need to purchase the upcoming set of books. We need these books that our OBOB team members will read to prepare for the battle. Then, after the competition, the books will be added into our classroom library so that all students can enjoy them. We are asking for The Wild Robot, A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red book, Hana's Suitcase - a True Story and more.
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